I am writing my second respond to this article: http://www.learningfromthemaster.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1666488-grace-movement
Part 1 of the article is here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/grace-teachers-are-not-false-messiahs-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-1/
I want to respond to this part of the article:
“The Apostle Paul said, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:3,4). So, how can you know if you have been listening to false teachings on grace? The following might help.”
Have you ever wondered what this passage actually means?
Always read a statement in context and the culture of the times where the letter is written. The author uses this verse to accuse grace people as people to teach myths, not knowing these verses actually points to something totally irrelevant with grace. The message in fact that Paul is preaching is the grace message.
This passage comes from the 2nd letter to Timothy. He warns them of the teaching that “their itching ears wants to hear”. The question is this: Is this the grace message?
Let’s look at verse 14. This will give us a clue as to what the message is: “14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.”
Who is Alexander?
“This may be the same individual as Paul had excommunicated from the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 1:20). If so, then this might explain his personal animosity and opposition to Paul, now that their paths had crossed again. Alexander has also been identified with the individual of the same name who was put forward by the Jews during the mob scene in Acts 19:33, but he appears to have been an unwilling spokesman, not possessed of the steely character of Paul’s accuser here.
Since Paul goes on to speak about his trial appearances in Rome, it may be that this Alexander had something to do with Paul’s arrest or the prosecution against him. Whatever the explanation, we learn from this how severely the Lord allowed his servant Paul to be tested and accused at the hands of evil opponents, even to the very end of his life.”
What was his message? Let’s look at 1 Tim 1:20 “20 of whom are zHymenaeus and aAlexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to bblaspheme.” Alexander shared the same message with Hymenaeus which was that the resurrection has taken place and there is no future resurrection. See:
“Hymenaeus and Philetus are included among persons whose profane and vain babblings will increase towards more ungodliness, and whose teaching “will spread as a cancer” (2 Tim 2:17, NLT). The apostle declares that Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples of those just described, and he adds that those two persons “concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some.” Then, for the guidance of Timothy, he goes on to say the seal upon the foundation of God is, “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil” (2 Tim 2:19, NLT).
The inference intended is, that though Hymenaeus and Philetus had professed their faith in Christ, they did not turn away from evil. There is no doubt in regard to the identity of this Hymenaeus with the person of the same name in 1 Tim. Accordingly, the facts mentioned in the two epistles must be placed in the following order: That though Hymenaeus had,
- made a public and Christian profession of faith in Christ, yet he had,
- not turned away from evil, but by his profane teaching (see below),
- went towards more ungodliness. This led to,
- his abandoning his faith and a good conscience, thus he brought about,
- the end result of his faith being shipwrecked.
The error, therefore, of Hymenaeus and his two companions would amount to this: They taught that “the resurrection is past already,” circa 50AD–65AD, and that there would be no future resurrection, but that all that resurrection means is that the soul awakes from sin. This teaching of Hymenaeus had been so far successful: it had “overthrown the faith of some” (2 Tim 2:18)”
This has nothing to do with grace! The myths people want to hear and that Alexander was preaching is that the resurrection has taken place!
What then is the message that Alexander opposed? You will find it at the beginning of 2 Timothy:
“6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
The flame of God!
The salvation not because of what we have done!
But according to his purpose and grace.
The grace was given us in Christ Jesus!
It is this Gospel Paul is appointed as herald!
It is the pattern of sound teaching!
It is the deposit was entrusted to us!
It is the Grace Gospel!!!!
Still not convinced?
2 Tim 2:1 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Be at peace people!